|Project Plan Information|
Project plans describe a project's objectives, including HOW, WHEN and BY WHOM they are to be met. The project plan must stand on its own, and should convey how the work relates to other similar projects in the same National Program, and how it may relate to a minority-coded project in the same Management Unit. The plan should be clear and well organized; 15 to 30 pages (depending on the number of scientists assigned to the project) are sufficient if written concisely. Typos, omissions, and sentence fragments suggest a lack of concern and may result in a low score. Make the plan easy to read, with a consistent 'message' from beginning to end.
The primary responsibility for a high quality project plan is shared between the Research Leader and the Scientists.
Outline of a "Typical" Project Plan
(with page locations for the handbook)
Cover Page (Title and Investigator(s))
(p. 11, App 3)
NPL Validation Page
(p. 11, App 13)
(p. 11, App 4)
Table of Contents
Project Summary (250 words)
(p. 12, App 5)
Need for Research
Approach and Procedures
(p. 13, App 6)
Physical and Human Resources
Project Management and Evaluation
(p. 14, App 7)
Prior Period Accomplishments
Past Accomplishments of Project Team
1-2 pages each
Issues of Concern Statements
Specific Cooperative Agreements
Appendices (letters plus other material
The complete single electronic file (pdf) as submitted to OSQR is sent to reviewers. The sections in bold are those to which the page limits (p. 10) apply.
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Websites to help complete the "Issues of Concern Statement":